Minister Vaz’s Bid for Land in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park: Can We Please Protect our Protected Areas?


Yesterday (June 16), a report by the excellent environmental reporter and Associate Editor of the Jamaica Observer Kimone Thompson appeared in the newspaper with the headline “Government wants to lease Holywell land.” The article did not mention the name of the government minister, who reportedly wished to lease a piece of land in the Blue and John … More Minister Vaz’s Bid for Land in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park: Can We Please Protect our Protected Areas?

The Amaterra Development: Is This Sustainable Tourism?


A tweet dropped into my timeline earlier this week from Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Nothing unusual about that as he, like other government ministers, is a regular tweeter. This one gave me pause, however: Jamaica is open for business. The time is now. I want to thank the Amaterra Group for investing in Jamaica. The … More The Amaterra Development: Is This Sustainable Tourism?

JET Responds to NRCA’s Comments on its Schools’ Environment Programme


An article by Kimone Thompson (one of the small group of excellent environmental reporters we have in Jamaica) in today’s Jamaica Observer (June 20) has raised several issues regarding the Jamaica Environment Trust’s (JET) Schools Environment Programme (SEP). Inexplicably, the article is not available online. I am quoting from the article here: SEP’s annual budget hovers … More JET Responds to NRCA’s Comments on its Schools’ Environment Programme

“Robust” Conditions for the Granting of a Permit for Duncans Bay from the Office of the Prime Minister


My previous post addressed the concerns of many (including local residents) about the sand mining issue in Duncans Bay, Trelawny. In response to these major concerns, Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted the full conditions for the granting of a permit, which the National Environment and Planning Agency had previously denied. I am sharing these conditions, … More “Robust” Conditions for the Granting of a Permit for Duncans Bay from the Office of the Prime Minister

Negril Chamber of Commerce: Investors Can’t Just Do As They Please at Jamaica’s Expense


Here is a press release from the Negril Chamber of Commerce regarding the collapse of the Royalton Negril hotel building. The Chamber has been following the issue of the former Grand Lido Hotel very closely and has been very active in seeking information on the project – as well as persistently advocating on several other … More Negril Chamber of Commerce: Investors Can’t Just Do As They Please at Jamaica’s Expense

Shifting Sands: An Update on Sand Mining in Negril


Here’s a follow-up on the difficult and confusing situation that unfolded this week regarding the removal of sand from Rutland Point in Negril. 60,000 cubic metres of sand, to be precise, to be used at a mega-development in Llandovery, St. Ann. The clay and peat that covered it was reportedly “dumped.” Isn’t it amazing how careless … More Shifting Sands: An Update on Sand Mining in Negril

Our Youth Must Be “The Next Voice for the Environment”: JET’s Schools’ Environment Programme


Due to our family visitor duties (albeit very pleasant duties) I have missed several events. Here is one important one. Over the years, the Jamaica Environment Trust has persevered with its programs that seek to educate our children on a range of environmental issues. It is interesting that the rural schools have done particularly well … More Our Youth Must Be “The Next Voice for the Environment”: JET’s Schools’ Environment Programme